Ranking Member's Press

December 06, 2017

Corker Statement on Jerusalem Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "Today's announcement recognizes what has been true for almost 70 years, namely that Jerusalem is Israel's seat of government," said Corker. "On a bipartisan basis, Congress has r… Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

Corker: Congress, Administration Stand United Against Rogue North Korean Regime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said legislation unanimously approved by the committee would support a comprehensive U.S. approach for dealing with the threat from North Korea. The committee sent amended versions of the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017 and the LEED (Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy) Act of 2017 to the full Senate for consideration. "The committee's action today shows that Congr… Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on Shared Authority Over International Agreements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement at a hearing on the shared authority of the president and Congress over international agreements. The hearing follows a November 14 hearing on the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons and an October 30 hearing with Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis on authorizations for the use of military force. "Today, we are going to continue a series of hearings to examine… Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Corker, Cardin Urge President Trump to Prioritize Elimination of Slavery in U.S. Policy Toward Libya

WASHINGTON - Expressing deep concern over recent reports of slave auctions in Libya, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged President Donald J. Trump to make elimination of slavery a priority for U.S. policy toward Libya. President Trump is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) on Friday, and the senators in a letter asked the presi… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Corker, Coons Bill to Improve Accountability and Effectiveness of US Role in International Organizations Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the committee, to review and improve the accountability and effectiveness of U.S. participation in international organizations. The Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2017 (S.1928) would establish an interagency task force with peer review to conduct regular evaluations of how well multilateral institutions carry out thei… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement at a hearing on the executive's authority to use nuclear weapons and the process for executing that authority. The hearing follows an October 30 hearing with Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis on authorizations for the use of military force. According to the Congressional Research Service, the last time either the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or House Foreign Affai… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on Authorizations for the Use of Military Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF). Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified. "I'd like to thank Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis for being with us today to share the administration's perspective on the authorizations for the use of military force. "We are grateful to both of you for your service to our … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Corker Statement on Implementation of Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding implementation of sanctions legislation recently passed by Congress. "The Senate and House spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly passing this piece of legislation and sent a strong signal to Iran, Russia and North Korea that our country will stand firm and united in the face of destabilizing behavior," said Corker. "The guidance provided today by … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Burma

WASHINGTON - With hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Burma, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing to assess U.S. policy towards Burma, including geopolitical, economic, and humanitarian considerations. The committee heard testimony from senior U.S. officials with the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "In 2009, the Obama administration shifted t… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on Modernizing Food for Peace Program

WASHINGTON - With an estimated 815 million people suffering from hunger and 20 million at risk of starvation worldwide, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a hearing to examine current policies governing the delivery of food aid through the Food for Peace program and ways to use existing resources more efficiently to reach more people in need. "We are currently facing a historic humanitarian crisis with ove… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Corker Statement on Legislative Strategy to Address Flaws in Iran Nuclear Deal

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Ahead of an announcement by President Donald J. Trump on his decision regarding Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding a comprehensive legislative strategy to address flaws in the nuclear agreement. "Over the last several months, we have been working closely with the State Department, National Security Counci… Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Corker, Coons Introduce Bill to Improve Accountability and Effectiveness of US Role in International Organizations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to review and improve the accountability and effectiveness of U.S. participation in international organizations. The Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2017 would establish an interagency task force with peer review to conduct regular evaluations of how well multilateral institutions carry out their missions and how they serve Ameri… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Corker Statement at Hearing on Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to India

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following remarks during the nomination hearing for Kenneth Ian Juster to serve as U.S. ambassador to India. "Mr. Juster, it's a pleasure to welcome you here today. We're glad that you're the nominee to be our next ambassador to India. "As the two largest democracies in the world, the United States and India share a strategic interest in promoting and maintaining stability in the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2017

Corker Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order on North Korea

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued an executive order that authorizes additional U.S. sanctions on revenue streams that support North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "I support and appreciate President Trump's strong action today against North Korea and his efforts to work closely with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to address th… Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Corker Statement on Trump Address to United Nations General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump's address to the United Nations General Assembly. "President Trump sent a very clear signal yesterday about what America stands for and who and what the world must stand against," said Corker. "After years of ambiguous messaging, the president's direct approach was a welcomed change, and I shared that with him when w… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Corker Statement at Nomination Hearing for US Ambassador to Russia and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on delivered the following remarks at a hearing on the nominations of Governor Jon Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Wess Mitchell to serve as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. "Europe and Eurasia are home to some of our closest partners and also some of our greatest challenges. "Formed in 1949 to defend the free people of the West from the Soviet t… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Corker: UK Matches $25 Million US Investment in Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and leader in the global fight against modern slavery, today applauded the United Kingdom for matching the $25 million U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) announced last week. The initial $50 million establishes a global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally conceived and directed by the End Modern S… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Corker: Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses to Acknowledge Military’s Role in Atrocities Against Rohingya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in response to a speech by Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma about the humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya minority. "Aung San Suu Kyi has long been dismissive of human rights concerns," said Corker. "She had yet another opportunity today to stand up for the Rohingya minority in Burma but instead refused to acknowledge the military's role in the ongoing atrocities. I join… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Senators Praise Committee Passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of legislation that strengthens U.S. global leadership in the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will modify the criteri… Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Corker: “Truly Monumental Day” as Global Fund to End Modern Slavery is Awarded $25 Million

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, held a news conference with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to applaud the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons award of $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). The funding establishes a bold global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally c… Continue Reading

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